World News Roundup: Paris bombings suspect said at trial he was “an Islamic State soldier”; Russia’s Putin accuses EU of “discriminating against residents of Crimea -Kremlin and more”
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Paris bombing suspect said at trial he was “an ISIS soldier”
A Franco-Moroccan suspected of being the only surviving member of a group that killed 130 people in a rampage in Paris described himself Wednesday as “an Islamic State soldier” at the start of the trial of the 2015 attacks. Salah Abdeslam appeared in court dressed in black and wearing a black face mask, one of 20 men accused of participating in attacks by gunmen wearing suicide vests on six restaurants and bars, the Bataclan concert hall and a sports stadium on November 13, 2015.
Putin accuses EU of “discrimination against residents of Crimea – Kremlin
Russian President Vladimir Putin told European Council President Charles Michel on Wednesday that the European Union continues to discriminate against residents of Crimea, the Kremlin said in a statement. Russia annexed Crimea to Ukraine in 2014, prompting Western sanctions. The West and most of the world say the land is Ukrainian. Kiev wants to reclaim the peninsula.
Analysis: The West owes Qatar a favor over Afghanistan. That was the point
Since the United States’ withdrawal from Afghanistan, the world’s top diplomats have made their way to Qatar, long the gateway for the Taliban and now the essential intermediary as the West tries to deal with it. the new government in Kabul. It is not a coincidence. Analysts describe Qatar’s emergence as an intermediary in Afghanistan as part of a carefully nurtured strategy by the small but wealthy state to bolster its own security, becoming indispensable as a venue for international mediation.
Supervised reception for the new Afghan government of the Taliban in Asia and Europe
Germany, China and Japan on Wednesday gave a lukewarm reception to the interim Taliban government in Afghanistan, following the flash storming of Kabul by Islamist militants last month. Taliban leaders held all of the top positions on Tuesday’s government list – which contained no foreigners or women – while an associate of the group’s founder was named prime minister and the interior minister was on an American list of wanted for terrorism.
Fire kills 41 in overcrowded Indonesian prison
A fire on Wednesday killed 41 inmates in an overcrowded prison in Indonesia’s Banten province, a government minister said, leaving many injured in a blaze which police say may have been caused by a power outage. The blaze, the deadliest in the country since 47 people perished in a fireworks factory disaster in 2017, broke out at 1:45 a.m. local time in a block in Tangerang prison , said Indonesian Minister of Human Rights and Human Rights Yasonna Laoly, after visiting the scene.
Strong aftershocks of Acapulco earthquake annoy residents of Mexican resort
Shaken residents slept in cars and on the streets of Mexico’s famous resort town of Acapulco early Wednesday, as a series of violent aftershocks reverberated through the city after a powerful earthquake that killed a man. The 7.0-magnitude earthquake struck 17.7 km northeast of Acapulco in southwestern Guerrero state on Tuesday. It damaged the resort’s international airport control tower, cracked the walls of a hospital treating COVID-19 patients and triggered landslides and gas leaks.
Pakistan suggests inviting Taliban-led Afghanistan to regional forum
Pakistan on Wednesday suggested inviting Taliban-led Afghanistan to a six-country regional forum to help avert a humanitarian and economic crisis in the country. The Taliban announced a new government on Tuesday and appointed Mullah Hasan Akhund, an associate of the late founder of the movement, Mullah Omar, to head the interim organization, with Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, head of the movement’s political bureau, as one of the two deputies.
Italian court requests Berlusconi’s health opinion amid trial delays
A Milan court ordered an expert opinion on Silvio Berlusconi’s health on Wednesday, as the former Italian prime minister’s trial for corruption has been repeatedly delayed due to his hospital visits. The trial began in 2017, with Berlusconi, 84, accused of bribing witnesses in a previous case where he was accused of paying for sex with a minor, in which he was ultimately acquitted. He pleaded not guilty.
Slow and steady can win the race: Canadian opposition leader seeks to dethrone Trudeau
A month ago, the prospect of the charismatic Liberal Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau, losing power to a former little-known Air Force navigator would have been slightly ridiculous. When Trudeau called the September 20 election, he had a significant lead in opinion polls. But with less than two weeks to go, public opinion has deteriorated to such an extent that Conservative leader Erin O’Toole could end Trudeau’s six-year term.
Toys and bouncy castle for Afghan children stranded at an American base in Germany
A sprawling US air base in a remote part of Germany has become a temporary home for Afghan children separated from their parents in the chaotic evacuation from Kabul airport, and authorities scramble to reunite them with their families . The roughly two dozen children housed in heated tents at Ramstein Air Base, near the western town of Kaiserslautern, share their fate with several hundred other unaccompanied minors after the airlift.
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